Friday, 6 November 2009

We need climate finance NOW!

Tomorrow finance ministers of the world’s 20 biggest economies are meeting in Scotland.

To strike a new global climate deal at December's UN Copenhagen Summit, strong financing will be essential -- but there is still no global pledge of funds on the table and this isn’t even on the agenda for Saturday's meeting.

This is an emergency -- the Copenhagen talks could collapse without a funding plan. Let’s flood our finance ministries with messages over the next 36 hours, pressing them to put climate back on the agenda before it’s too late:

Send a message now!

There’s no shortage of bold and practical ideas for how the funds could be raised –for example, levies to close the tax−free loophole on aviation and shipping fuels or a charge on financial speculation could raise tens of billions each.

Last month, we targeted the European Union with ads and campaigns −− and they set a precedent by starting to put money on the table. But Europe must raise their offer, and other rich countries need to join them. $150 billion a year is needed by 2020 to invest in low−carbon development and the green economies of the future. We can do it, but it’ll take a massive surge of political will.

That’s where we come in. As hundreds of thousands of citizens from every one of these countries, let’s challenge our own finance ministers to be real leaders not climate villains −− press them to agree a climate finance package at this link

1 comment:

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